Hart to Hart (1979–1984)
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A Christmas Hart 

The Harts go undercover as King Kong and Ann Darrow, as singing telegrams, to trap burglars.


Gabrielle Beaumont


Sidney Sheldon (creator), Rowby Goren


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Episode credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Jonathan Hart
Stefanie Powers ... Jennifer Hart
Lionel Stander ... Max
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Barty ... Big Miller / Aloysis
Anita Dangler Anita Dangler ... Miss Hopkins
Steven Hirsch Steven Hirsch ... Ralph Sutton
Sandy Kenyon ... Louis
Dana Kimmell ... Maureen Tucker
Ken Michelman Ken Michelman ... Wayne Tucker
Dick O'Neill ... Lt. Warren
John Reilly ... Billingsley
Joan Shawlee ... Marie
Jesse White ... Ernie


The Harts go undercover as King Kong and Ann Darrow, as singing telegrams, to trap burglars.

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Release Date:

21 December 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The morning after the explosion at the dance studio, the Harts, Max and Maureen are talking about Wayne's condition. Jonathan says that it's "unstable but he's still conscious." He should have said, "stable but he's still unconscious." See more »


References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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No Christmas Episode Is Complete without J&J in Santa Costumes
23 April 2009 | by HilaryElizabeth9See all my reviews

The Christmas episode opens ominously as Max arrives home with Freeway in the dark -- and in the oft-seen wide shot to rarely driven station wagon! There is clearly something up, but it's not till "Surprise!" that we see it's just a big setup for Max's surprise birthday party. But the tone here is off. Something about the ambiance, the extras at the party ... I can't put my finger on it, but it seems plain off. I didn't buy it. Not sure if it was the direction or what, but I just got a feeling of people saying lines they didn't believe, rather than party-goers who are lifelong friends of Max. The story soon turns away from Max and toward the plot, which is that a singing telegram company is a big front for a pair of jewel thiefs. The Harts are robbed, the singing telegrammers from Max's party are befriended by the Hart's, and the rest of the episode ensues. BLOOPER ALERT --> When J&J come out with the cake and sing happy birthday, they're supposed to replace the third line with "You're one in a million ...," but RJ forgets and starts with the regular "Happy Birthday dear Max," cuts himself off after the first syllable of "happy," and quickly falls into lock step with Stefanie. DOUBLE BLOOPER ALERT --> When RJ messed up, Stefanie glances off set to see if it's a cut, but it isn't, so she gamely continues. AWESOME!!! The most interesting thing about this whole episode are repeat guest offenders all over the place here. Dick O'Neill in his second and last outing as Lt. Warren, John Reilly in a 2nd bad guy role, and the fabulous Joan Shawlee in a tiny role as the wife of one of Max's friend's (also repeat offender, but can't find his name). We also have Billy Barty as the bookie friend. Absolutely could have done without Anita Dangler as Miss Hopkins. Ugh. RJ & Stefanie you know are just livin' it up in their King Kong and Faye Wray costumes, and the sight gag in the climactic scene is a winner. The kicker must have been enormous fun with the Harts in a very seasonal set of costumes.

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